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New space challenge for NI businesses

5 October 2017

Companies are encouraged to look to space for new business opportunities

Airbus Defence and Space, Digital Catapult NI, Invest Northern Ireland and NI Space Office invite you to enter a competitive challenge to explore new business opportunities using satellite imagery.

The challenge is open to Northern Ireland-based small and medium-sized businesses, and research institutions. It aims to deliver innovative solutions for society needs across a range of industries, from fishing and farming to urban planning and traffic management.

Participants will get a chance to exploit Earth observation data to create applications under the theme ‘Space for Sustainable Living’. Projects will be judged based on their:

  • potential usefulness and impact
  • innovation and creativity
  • implementation
  • sustainability

The winner will be allowed to secure satellite imagery worth €20,000 from Airbus-owned or operated Earth observation satellite systems. Access to the portal and data for the challenge will only be available to competition entrants.

The competition is currently open for applications. Registrations will close on 31 January 2018. Find out more about the Airbus Space Challenge.